Witts has already sewn up this year’s hotly-contested BRSCC category for Mk2 VW Golfs after previously dazzling at national level in gearbox karting.
The 23-year-old commented: “I’m looking to push myself further for 2016 and the Renault UK Clio Cup looks awesome – the cars are the business, the racing is close and competitive, the technical side of things and the organisation are very professional and it’s all on the big stage alongside the British Touring Car Championship with huge crowds and the live coverage on ITV4. It’s everything you want as a driver.
“As for how I’ll go at Silverstone… Friday’s two test sessions will be my first time in the car so I’m jumping in at the deep end a bit. Obviously I’ll have the ultimate benchmark in Ant to work with so let’s see how things work out and hopefully look ahead to Brands Hatch too.”
Maximum Team Principal Stewart Lines, who also races in the BTCC, said: “Tom clearly has raw pace and race craft as proven by his success in the Mk2 Golf championship. We’re very excited about him being in one of our cars this weekend as it means, since joining the grid ourselves at Knockhill just five weeks ago, we are now up to two cars which is in line with our plans to run a multi-car team in 2016’s Clio Cup.”
Will Fewkes, Renaultsport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager, added: “We very much welcome Tom onto the Renault UK Clio Cup grid at Silverstone and I’m sure he will acquit himself well. His words speak volumes about how drivers view the Clio Cup – similarly the fact that Maximum has been able to come in and, with the right approach, quickly begin adding to its numbers on the grid is further evidence of the championship’s very obvious appeal.”